• Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    What is Justice?

    Hi! My name is Ava Burroughs and I am a 6th grader at Kent Place School. Below is a story I have written about how I started to get involved in activism and question what justice means to me! “Daddy, what is that? Why do you look so proud? Why is that lady crying? Why do they have their fists in the air?” Asked a little-mixed girl with hair like spun sugar while tugging at a picture of her grandfather. The picture depicted a civil rights march. A march to make it so there could be such a thing as a little-mixed girl and her mixed father. “Daddy answer me…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Mental Health,  Writing

    Dad

    When you’re young, you feel invincible. Your world seems elevated and tinged with gold on the edges. But then something happens and your eyes are opened to the fine line between life and death that you walk so innocently each day. It happened on a Sunday. I was about to go to tennis practice. “Hurry, you’re going to be late!” My mom announced above the beats of 103.5 radio. I was in the bathroom, struggling to pull my cloud of curls into a neat bun. It was Sunday, August 26th, 2018 and the embers of summer shinned hot that morning. I wished summer would never end. The stairs creaked slowly…

  • Dear Brown Girl,  Keepin' It Real

    “Tomboy”

    This summer I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Azuri Brown, 11, about her opinions on the word “tomboy”. We were able to unpack the word and assess what it means in our respective communities as well as in society as a whole. Click here to watch her interview!

  • International Voices,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    On Gender Issues In Zimbabwe

    Hello everyone! Before I begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bekezela and I am 17 years old. I am a born Zimbabwean of Zulu origin. But most importantly, in terms of this article, I am female. Being female and commenting on gender issues in Zimbabwe can be difficult. Difficult because like every other female in my country, my experience has been, for the most part, terrible. To put it simply, Zimbabwe (the land I love beyond what can be explained) has a big gender issue. It is a sexist nation that has since the beginning of time put excessive effort into glorifying the male. Misogyny runs deep…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    Branches

    Did I mention that besides being an amazing artist, Jiji is a natural writer? Yes, Jiji is back with another piece, this time about her childhood attempting to understand her mixed-race and queer identity. Read her piece below for a thought-provoking coming of age story. I am far from my mother’s tree, yet I’m the roots of her tree, keeping her grounded. I am a constant reminder of how her family has developed, how deep the roots go and how high the branches reach. The fusion of cultures celebrated in my home was an environment molded solely by my mother. My mother passed on her eyes to me, her unique lens…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    A Child of The West & of The East

    Siddrah Alhindi is a Staten Island high school senior, an aspiring journalist and one of Afro Puff Chronicles’ staff content creators! From the first time I met Siddrah, our relationship has been both of friendship and education. I will never forget the night that she told me why she wore her hijab. I asked questions, she answered; she spoke and I listened. I appreciate her deep value and respect for cultural exchange, for, without her, I would still be ignorant to fundamental aspects of Islamic culture, just due to the fact that I, like many others, rarely get exposure to stories such as hers. So today, I challenge you to…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Star Girl

    Sarah Freeman is many things. A renowned model, a talented dancer, the co-founder of the popular Instagram account @biracialblackbeauties, and also a twin. What’s most impressive is she’s accomplished all this by the 6th grade! Let’s hear what Sarah has to say about growing up black in America.  Being a girl of color isn’t easy. There are only 14 out of fifty girls of color in my grade. At my dance studio, there are only three in our age group. Sometimes it’s hard trying to make people understand what it is like to be a person of color. People I know will walk up to me, stick their hands in…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    What are You?

    Growing up mixed race in America can be hard, especially when it comes to understanding what it means to be made up of a mix of different and often conflicting identities. In this beautiful poem, Priya Mosher discusses her experience being both African American and Asian.   What Are You? “But really, what are you?” they ask after I say I’m American a nervous smile crawling across their lips like spiders as they fiddle uncomfortably with the calluses on their fingers afraid to offend, to let their tongue slip out the wrong words, wrong terms, wrong wrong wrong is anything ever right?   What are you? As if I’m some…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Mental Health

    I am Hannah Hurr

    Hannah Hurr is a senior at Ridgewood Highschool in New Jersey. She is a talented journalist as well as a musician! Let’s dive into Hannah’s inspiring story.  Approximately 5.4% of the U.S. population identifies as Asian American or Pacific Islander. Of those, over 13% have had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year. That is over 2.2 million people. The overall suicide rate for Asian Americans is half that of the non-Hispanic White population, yet Asian American students are still more likely to fatally harm themselves. I was born in Hawaii, lived in Korea with my grandparents, and then moved to the tri-state area (where the rest of my…

  • Hair & Beauty,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    Roots

    Emily Diaz is a senior in high school, living in New York City. She has a passion for writing and in this essay, she explores her Latinx identity and how she came to love her natural hair. Thanks for your submission, Emily! I used to have a twisted perception of what beauty was. I thought that if I had straight hair I would feel beautiful. I thought that if I burned my roots down enough times with a flat iron I would somehow burn down the roots of my past, but that was not the case. Identity has always been something I’ve struggled with. I knew I was Dominican and…